High-priced whisky turns out to be fake

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - WORLD -

WHEN Zhang Wei, a Chi­nese mil­lion­aire au­thor, splashed out £7 600 (about R141 000) on the world’s most ex­pen­sive whisky shot in a Swiss bar, he boasted to his fans that it had been dis­tilled the same year as his great-great-grand­mother was born, 139 years ago.

Un­for­tu­nately for the mar­tial arts fan­tasy writer, the head­lines gen­er­ated not only ad­mi­ra­tion, but sus­pi­cion – by ex­perts who doubted its prove­nance when they spot­ted dis­crep­an­cies in the bot­tle’s cork and la­bel.

Anal­y­sis by spe­cial­ists in Dun­fermline, Scot­land, con­firmed that Zhang had bought a fake dram from the bar at the Wald­haus am See ho­tel in St Moritz. The whisky came from an un­opened bot­tle la­belled as an 1878 Ma­callan sin­gle malt.

Zhang’s shot is be­lieved to have been the most ex­pen­sive dram ever.

Tests found the whisky to be fake, made be­tween 1970 and 1972, and a blend, rather than a sin­gle malt. To a con­nois­seur, it is worth­less.

The ho­tel man­ager flew to China to re­im­burse Zhang, who thanked him me for the ho­tel’s hon­esty.

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